The first section of North-South highway to become fully operational soon
YEREVAN, September 13. /ARKA/. The first section of the North-South Highway, stretching from Yerevan to Artashat will soon become fully operational, Transport, Communications and Information Technology Minister Vahan Martirosyan said on Wednesday. According to the minister, the contractor is to be paid the last $ 3 million. He said now the contractor is eliminating the defects on this section of the road at his own expense.
The goal of 556 km-long North-South Transport Corridor project is to upgrade Armenia’s main corridor road as part of a broader thrust to improve connectivity, and boost trade, growth and livelihood opportunities in the Caucasus and Central Asia sub-regions.
The first two sections of the North-South transport corridor opened in December 2015. The first section that stretches from Yerevan to Artashat has become a six-lane road, while the second section which is from Yerevan to Ashtarak has become four-lane road.
The transport corridor will stretch from the southern Armenian town of Meghri, on the border with Iran, to Bavra in the north on the border with Georgia. The North-South transport corridor will enable Armenia to mitigate the effects of the blockade imposed by Azerbaijan and Turkey.
The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology plans also the implementation of separate smaller projects at various sections of the road in order to end the construction both in southern and northern directions. --0---